Eddie Vedder Performs “Imagine” Live, Maintains Pacifist Beliefs.

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder showcases anti-war sentiment with live performance of John Lennon's classic "Believe." (Photo: courtesy of MTV.com)

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder showcases anti-war sentiment with live performance of John Lennon’s classic “Imagine.” (Photo: courtesy of MTV.com)

Anyone who pays attention to news casts or happens to have picked up a recent newspaper knows that conflict and violence are, as usual, at the top of today’s headlines. The Israeli-Hamas conflict continues in Gaza, Iranian nuclear talks continue to stall, and world leaders are voicing strong condemnation of Russian president Vladimir Putin over the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 tragedy.

In the face of these violent times, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder decided to showcase his pacifist views with a live concert performance of John Lennon’s classic call for peace, “Imagine.”

Vedder has long been an anti-war activist, but he has recently taken flack for his pacifist stance, even from Israeli media sources implying that his anti-war statements are actually anti-Israeli. Vedder addressed these allegations on his website. “The majority of humans on this planet are more consumed by the pursuit of love, health, family, food and shelter than any kind of war,” he wrote. “War hurts. It hurts no matter which sides the bombs are falling on.”

Vedder also took the opportunity to confront these accusations live as he spoke to the audience at his solo show in Meco, Portugal, on July 18. In his introduction to “Imagine” he stated, “If you’re anti-war it doesn’t mean you are ‘pro’ one side or the other in a conflict. However, it does make you ‘pro’ many things…Pro-peace, pro-human, pro-evolution, [it] makes you pro-communication, pro-diplomacy, pro-love, pro-understanding, pro-forgiveness.”

Here at DigitTrax/Karaoke Cloud, our thoughts and prayers are with all those who are facing the horrors of war and with the families of those lost in the tragedy of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Peace be with you…

Will Drake’s Butthurt Ever End? The rapper disses Macklemore at the ESPY Awards

Drake used his status as host of the ESPYs to take another potshot at Macklemore (Photo: courtesy of laineygossip.com)

Drake used his status as host of the ESPYs to take another potshot at Macklemore (Photo: courtesy of laineygossip.com)

Feuds in the music industry are certainly nothing new. Eminem and his mom, Pearl Jam and Ticketmaster, Jay Z and Solange… all of these extremely public disputes have one thing in common; they usually stem from some deep seeded personal or professional issue. Drake‘s recent issues with Grammy winner Macklemore, however, seem to be rooted in nothing more than jealousy and an inability to just let things go.

He further proved this assumption by taking yet another shot at his perceived foe while hosting last night’s ESPY Awards on ESPN. As he performed an original (and admittedly entertaining) song titled “Honorable Mentions/Side Pieces,” Drake had a picture of Macklemore holding his newly won Grammys posted on the screen behind him as he belted out the lyrics “Real talent doesn’t always win championships, like real music doesn’t always win Grammys.” Classy.

(Photo: courtesy of Twitter.com)

(Photo: courtesy of Twitter.com)

Apparently, Drake still feels slighted after losing to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the 2014 Annual Grammy Awards, at which the pair dominated the rap category by picking up awards for Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Album. After the awards, Drake did an interview with Rolling Stone in which he stated that he felt “robbed” by the duo and slighted personally because he didn’t get a text from Macklemore like Kendrick Lamar did. Really, dude?

Correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems to me that “real talent” doesn’t need validation from other artists or awards organizations. Nor do “real artists” feel the need to belittle or begrudge others for their success. And here’s the thing; Drake is talented! Very talented. So why waste so much energy on such a pointless grudge? I guarantee Macklemore isn’t losing any sleep over it. Just my opinion.

 

 

Lightning Strikes…Again! Pearl Jam returns with “Lightning Bolt.”

Lightning Bolt

 

In 1991 Pearl Jam exploded onto the music scene with their debut album “Ten,” quickly becoming one of the hottest rock bands in the country and placing themselves firmly at the forefront of the grunge movement. Now, twenty-two years later, the gods of grunge have returned to release what is, ironically, their tenth studio album, “Lightning Bolt.”

There is no doubt that Pearl Jam’s presence and style has matured over the last two decades, but with riffs from original guitarists Stone Gossard and Mike McCready and the stirring vocals of front man Eddie Vedder, “Lightning Bolt” brings back memories of cargo shorts, flannel shirts and unkempt hair.

Thanks in part to Pearl Jam’s stellar rise to the top of the rock industry, other bands stormed onto the scene, further fueling teenage angst and insuring that grunge (sometimes referred to as the “Seattle sound”) reigned supreme as the most popular music genre of the mid-90’s.

The late 90’s saw the premature decline of grunge with many of the more prominent bands breaking up, not to mention the tragic death of Nirvana front-man Kurt Cobain. This gave rise to what many called the “post-grunge” era which saw the birth of more commercially viable groups such as Bush, Matchbox Twenty, and Nickelback.

Regardless of how you would classify today’s music era, Pearl Jam is still here and still rocking hard. Get “Lightning Bolt” on Amazon.com or iTunes and be sure to check out Karaoke Cloud and KaraokeOnVEVO, where you can sing along with thousands of your favorite tracks from all genres!